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12-11-2014, 01:19 AM
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The Search for the Next Coach

Well, sounds like Babcock is staying in Detroit. There goes that dream...

http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh....php?t=1791397

Update: The glimmer of hope lives on:

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“Guys, that’s like a fantasy world or something like that,” Babcock told reporters after practice on Thursday. “Ken Holland and I talked before the year. We agreed we wouldn’t do this during the year. Our team is doing good, our team is playing good. I like the way we’re playing. We don’t need any distractions.”
http://www.tsn.ca/babcock-denies-rep...wings-1.157304


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Well, sounds like Babcock is staying in Detroit. There goes that dream...

http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh....php?t=1791397
There will be some other experienced NHL head coaches available in the offseason.

Babcock would've been nice, but look at the Red Wings franchise... A consistent contender that has managed to re-load with young talent. Why would anyone want to leave that?

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Well, sounds like Babcock is staying in Detroit. There goes that dream...

http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh....php?t=1791397
I'm hoping Tippett shakes loose in Phoenix. MacLean is also available. Not exactly a big list, but some workable coaches there.

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we could also have a shot at Babcock's protege, Todd McLellan.

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Hitchcock isnt signed past this season... Throw a Hall contract at him Katz

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Hitchcock isnt signed past this season... Throw a Hall contract at him Katz
st louis getting 1st round bounced and hitch getting fired would be a godsend for this team.

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we could also have a shot at Babcock's protege, Todd McLellan.
I'd be overjoyed with McLellan.

Hell, I'd be overjoyed with Andy Murray or Keenan for crying out loud.

They do need to get a new coach, but man the roster needs overhaul. Think many players want out.

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I'd be overjoyed with McLellan.

Hell, I'd be overjoyed with Andy Murray or Keenan for crying out loud.

They do need to get a new coach, but man the roster needs overhaul. Think many players want out.
I'd even be onboard with this guy.


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I'd even be onboard with this guy.

Same here, he couldn't possibly be worse than what we have. McLellan would be ideal if Babcock is off the market but I wouldn't mind Crow at all.

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If San Jose doesn't make the Conference Finals at least I think McLellan is probably done in SJ. We should go hard after him.

Brent Sutter and Marc Crawford are lower rung options, I'd see if McLellan or Hitch shake out first. Bruce Boudreau would not be bad either if Anaheim gets upset early on and he gets axed.

Terry Murray at age 65 honestly is probably too old for this group. Ditto for Keenan, though that would be funny in an odd way to see him here.

NO rookie coaches, sorry not even Todd Nelson. If Nelson wants to eventually coach the Oilers IMO he has to start first as an assistant here for a few years.


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Hitchcock isnt signed past this season... Throw a Hall contract at him Katz
I like Hitch because he's got a good record of taking underperforming teams loaded with talent and making them play to their potential. That's all us.

I'm skeptical about Babcock and Crawford. They look good when their team is good. Its hard to say how much they are responsible for their team's success. I heard that great Redwings mini dynasty practically coached itself.

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Where do I drop off my cover letter?

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A coach could shake loose during the season. Happened with Bruce Boudreau. Usually some decent team under performs and tries to shake things up. I think there's going to be huge pressure to replace Eakins, and not with some unknown or internal candidate. Edmonton needs an experienced NHL coach that can sort this team out. It's not about fitness or even motivation, but basic systems and play.

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My order of preference probably would be

McLellan > Hitchcock > Tippet > Bylsma > Crawford = B. Sutter = McLean

Assuming the first two become available.

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Well, sounds like Babcock is staying in Detroit. There goes that dream...

http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh....php?t=1791397
There aren't even 5 million reasons why Babcock would come to Edmonton - it's about an attractive a proposition for a guy like him as being locked in a box full of rats would be... Yes, that's a euphemism for the Oil locker room.

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I like Hitch because he's got a good record of taking underperforming teams loaded with talent and making them play to their potential. That's all us.

I'm skeptical about Babcock and Crawford. They look good when their team is good. Its hard to say how much they are responsible for their team's success. I heard that great Redwings mini dynasty practically coached itself.
To me the biggest issue is having someone who is relevant that the players will respect. Babcock and Hitchock have this IMO, Crawford no.

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If San Jose doesn't make the Conference Finals at least I think McLellan is probably done in SJ. We should go hard after him.

Brent Sutter and Marc Crawford are lower rung options, I'd see if McLellan or Hitch shake out first. Bruce Boudreau would not be bad either if Anaheim gets upset early on and he gets axed.

Terry Murray at age 65 honestly is probably too old for this group. Ditto for Keenan, though that would be funny in an odd way to see him here.

NO rookie coaches, sorry not even Todd Nelson. If Nelson wants to eventually coach the Oilers IMO he has to start first as an assistant here for a few years.
You don't like Willie Desjardins or Jon Cooper? Just because they would be rookie NHL coaches, it does not mean they would be bad, we just picked the worst coach available. Friggin ego maniac name dropper.

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I gotta say though Crawford can coach offence.

His last year in Dallas they had five 20+ goal scorers and Riberio just missed the cut as the sixth at 19 goals. He also coached Jamie Benn, the Sedins, Bertuzzi, Naslund, Kopitar, etc. in their formative years.

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You don't like Willie Desjardins or Jon Cooper? Just because they would be rookie NHL coaches, it does not mean they would be bad, we just picked the worst coach available. Friggin ego maniac name dropper.
No to any rookie coach. Not with a group this young. No way the Oilers will bark up that tree again.

If Nelson wants to coach here he can pay his dues as an assistant and maybe someday he'll get his shot when the team is considerably older.

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There aren't even 5 million reasons why Babcock would come to Edmonton - it's about an attractive a proposition for a guy like him as being locked in a box full of rats would be... Yes, that's a euphemism for the Oil locker room.
A guy like Babcock could go to a worse situation if he was given more power. Isn't that the hold up in Detroit?

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I like Hitch because he's got a good record of taking underperforming teams loaded with talent and making them play to their potential. That's all us.

I'm skeptical about Babcock and Crawford. They look good when their team is good. Its hard to say how much they are responsible for their team's success. I heard that great Redwings mini dynasty practically coached itself.
He did a good job with the Ducks before he went to the Wings and that was before the Ducks were any good.

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John Tortorella as interim head coach.

We're not getting anywhere near the playoffs but we can at least screw with the flames.

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No to any rookie coach. Not with a group this young. No way the Oilers will bark up that tree again.

If Nelson wants to coach here he can pay his dues as an assistant and maybe someday he'll get his shot when the team is considerably older.
Nelson has a longer resume than Eakins.

He has a longer resume than Jon Cooper or Willie Desjardins, he has coached most of our players and they always look pretty good when they get to the big club, then about 3 games later, they are Eakined.

OKC just set a record of 9 straight wins, he has a winning record everywhere he has coached.

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I wouldn't mind Torts that much to be honest. This team needs a fire brand coach.

I don't think it worked well in Vancouver because their guys (specifically the Sedins) don't respond well to that type of thing.

But we probably would ... at least for a few years. Then you replace him with someone sane, lol.

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It's been pointed out before, no coach of any merit is coming here. To work under MacT and Lowe's thumb. However, I like Sutter and McLellan

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